As the NFT bubble continues to inflate, companies from Ubisoft to Twitter are looking to incorporate cryptoart into their services. However, the anti-crypto crowd isn't backing down easily, and Discord CEO Jason Citron has been at the receiving end of their fervour.
Discord CEO Jason Citron backs down from crypto plans
Earlier this week, Citron tweeted a vague look at what the Discord social app could look with crypto integration. The Discord CEO tweeted an image that showed the app with crypto branding, including connections to MetaMask and WalletConnect.
As soon as the tweet went out, thousands of Discord users expressed their disappointment. A great many users cancelled their Discord Nitro subscriptions in protest. As Citron claimed that NFTs were good for artists, artists responded that they were actually the opposite.
After three days of constant negative feedback, Citron took to Twitter to back down to quell the flames. The Discord CEO explained that there are “no current plans” to introduce NFTs and crypto to the platform.
“Thanks for all the perspectives everyone. We have no current plans to ship this internal concept. For now we're focused on protecting users from spam, scams and fraud. Web3 has lots of good but also lots of problems we need to work through at our scale. More soon.”
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Will Discord ever have NFTs?
The intention behind the introduction of Discord NFTs was entirely profit. While the recent backlash resulted in NFTs not being introduced this time, Citron’s wish to incorporate the technology will likely resurface in the future. However, time will only tell if Discord will listen to the backlash next time around.
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